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Archive for December, 2008

My Easy Travel Planner: Your one-stop travel resource

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Bookmark a great travel agency by one of our Southernmama’s regulars. SouthernMama Jennie Tarver can get you great deals on everything from just a simple hotel room to an unforgettable destination wedding in Cancun @ jennie-travel-logo-new.gifMy Easy Travel Planner.

Even if you’re just taking a quick weekend trip up to Atlanta, check out Jennie’s Web site and you’ll save money vs. booking directly with the hotel itself, guaranteed.

Services include: flights, hotels, all-inclusive resorts, cruises, honeymoons, hunting/outdoor vacations, car rentals.

Does your hubby like to golf? Take a sneak peek at some vacation ideas to surprise him with by clicking here. Send him off for a weekend with his friends, or plan a special all-inclusive golf package for the two of you.

Click here to search for all-inclusive vacations! Booking this time of year will save you bunches.

Want a romantic getaway close to home? Jennie also works with chartered yachts, many of which are in Charelston. Experience a weekend getaway like no other.

How to Book Travel: Go directly to the Web site and book. Or for planned vacations, let Jennie take care of your travel requests at no additional charge. Now you have an agent at your fingertips that is complimentary. Contact Jennie by email at or call 912.272.9965.

Book travel by clicking here.

Custom-designed mommy & me music classes

Monday, December 29th, 2008

 kindermusik-logo.gifKindermusik heard you and responded!

Several classes have been added to the Spring ’09 semester in response to requests from parents.  Visit the local Web site called for detailed information and online enrollment. Classes begin Jan. 26. All class sizes are limited, so sign up soon.

The Monday “Family Time” class has been changed to a “Sign and Sing” class. Family Time class was moved to 2:20 pm Mondays to accommodate those of you with preschool aged children in school until noon. So bring all the children for a one-room schoolhouse approach to musical learning. This class will meet at Franklin Creek at the Landings. Non-Landings residents wishing to take this class should call 912.728.KEYS (5397).

The “Sign and Sing” class moved to 11:10 am Monday @ the Southside Savannah location. This sign language/music course is for hearing children, ages 6 to 36 months. Learn over 150 signs during our 10 weeks together, plus take home Kindermusik at-home materials for your child to keep.

Also added is an “Imagine That!” class for 3-5 year olds at 1:30 pm Mondays. This class is for students and teachers alone for the first 20-25 minutes, then parents (and younger/older siblings) join in for the last 15-20 minutes. This class will also meet at Franklin Creek – again, non-Landings residents call 912.728.KEYS (5397) for info on taking this class.

Another Village class (ages newborns to 20 months) is being offered 12:40 pm Mondays. This is in direct response for those of you with young ones who couldn’t seem to get to our morning classes due to morning nap conflicts.

Richmond Hill classes will also be offered on Wednesday mornings.

Browse the local Kindermusik Web site and register for the Spring’09 session. Be sure to tell them SouthernMamas sent you! For more info, click here or call 912.728.KEYS (5397)

Kindermusik is a sponsor of SouthernMamas.

America’s Cutest Tax Deduction

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

baby-calendar.gifDid you have December baby or know someone who did?

Then check this out: If you’re lucky enough to have a last-minute baby, born in the month of December, enter America’s Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction contest.

Your baby could win a $5,000 savings bond.

To enter, simply upload a picture of your new arrival to Cutest Tax Deduction by January 9.

You can vote on the site, owned and operated by TurboTax, for who they think is the cutest last-minute addition.

New inflatable play center to replace Jumping Bean

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Thanks to savvy SouthernMama Brooke Deen for telling us this good news:

A new inflatable play center, bouncing-angels.jpgBouncing Angels, will replace the old Jumping Bean!!

Bouncing Angels, an indoor inflatable play & party entertainment center, is set to open Jan. 3 in the Jumping Bean’s former location @ the Victory Drive Shopping Center, 2123 E. Victory Drive near Skidaway Road. For more info. call: 912.691.8797.

In addition to regular, open play, the center will be available for birthdays, field trips, mommy clubs,  group events etc.

We know how much SouthernMamas readers loved the Jumping Bean and were upset to learn about its recent closing.
Bouncing Angels will be adding food and more inflatables that will reach an additional age range that the Jumping Bean did not, emails Brooke, who saw the new sign up and stopped to talk to the new owner.

Bouncing Angels plans to reach 2 to 12-year-olds. Check out their Web site here.

As all you moms know, we lack kid-centric play places like this in our area. It seems as though we’re often telling y’all about the demise of kids’ activities such as canceling Toddler Tuesdays at Oatland Island Wildlife Center.  So let’s make sure we make every effort to support this business to they can make it in this dire economy.

The winners of the See Kai Run shoes giveaway are…

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

see-kai-run-giveaway.bmpTeri Beard wins the Brian pair!

April Powell wins the Paul pair!

Amy Macatee wins the pink Julie boots!

Thanks to everyone who participated. For those who didn’t win, you can shop for your favorite pair @ See Kai Run.

Look for another giveaway to be announced here Monday.

Ring in the New Year – with your kids

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Still no New Year’s Eve plans?
Here’s a way to celebrate with your kids nearby and help a good cause at the same time: the Hats Off to 2009 fest to benefit sandbox.bmpThe Sandbox: An Interactive Children’s Museum

Ring in the New Year with Hats Off to 2009 … the Magic of a New Year from 7:30 pm – 1:00 am on December 31 2008, benefiting The Sandbox: An Interactive Children’s Museum on Hilton Head Island.

The Sandbox’s fourth annual event will be 7:30 pm -1 am Dec. 31 @ Sea Pines’ Harbour Town Club on Hilton Head Island and will feature a live band, Heart to Heart, from Atlanta; a silent auction; entertainment by Ross & Holly Brown; open bar; Chef Ramey’s three-course dinner; champagne toast; balloon drop at midnight; plus some surprises.

Tickets: $125 per person (inclusive). Seating is limited so reserve your table of ten before it’s sold out. Call The Sandbox at 843.842.7645 or stop by The Sandbox @ 18-A Pope Avenue, behind St. Andrew by the Sea UMC on the south end of Hilton Head Island.

A separate, on-site Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party is also available for children ages 4 -12 from 7:30 pm until 12:30 am. Cost: $25 per child and includes dinner along with their very own New Year’s Eve celebration. Parents must attend the Hats Off to 2009 for their children to participate. Space is limited. Reserve now by calling The Sandbox.

The Inn at Harbour Town, located next door, will offer special room rates and Sea Pines Resort will also offer special golf packages for the New Year’s Eve weekend and the event.

Giveaway: See Kai Run shoes

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

julie-pink.jpgYou gotta love free kids shoes. Especially when their feet seem to grow a size over night. Thanks to See Kai Run, we’re giving away three pairs of their stylish and comfy shoes! Specifically, you could score the Julie leather boot (size 5, in limited edition pink; shown), the Paul (size 4, in limited edition blue/brown/creame; shown below), or the Brian (size 6 in blue, show below) . Just check out the rules below to enter to win a pair.

  • To enter to win, click on the comments below and tell us your favorite family holiday tradition. Also, please tell us which of the three shoes you’d like to win. Entry period closes early this week, 9 pm Tues. Dec. 23.
  • You have to be a SouthernMamas subscriber to participate. Subscribing is free. Click here to do so.
  • If you can’t wait for the giveaway and want to order from See Kai Run now, start shopping by clicking here. From now until Dec. 31, enjoy free shipping on ALL orders! No minimum purchase is required.

    Who to call for renovations & repairs

    Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    renovation-button-ad.jpgIf your New Year’s resolution is to finally finish those house renovations and repairs on your to-do list, then we have the repair, renovation and remodeling company to call.

    Our new sponsor, Renascent Renovations, has done quality work throughout our area, in Savannah, The Landings, Southbridge, Midtown and more. They do it all – from renovating an entire house to putting the flooring in a little bathroom.
    trellis.jpg stairs2.jpg

    Other jobs they do include painting; fences (wood & chain link); decks; roofing; light plumbing; light electrical; cabinet installation; framing; tile; trim work; gutters; siding (wood, vinyl, concrete); doors & window installation or repair; sheetrock (new & repairs); flooring (laminate, vinyl, wood).

    If it’s not listed, they can still probably do it. Because there’s no job too big or too small. All work is guaranteed.
    Business partners Steven Tarver and Daniel Weiner are self-confessed perfectionists who make sure the job is done right. They work together and are licensed and insured.

    But don’t take our word for it. Check out these photos of some of their work, a trellis and staircase, posted above. Contact them @ or or 912.272.9523 or 912.604.0640.
    Receive a 10 percent winter special discount on all work through January 2009.

    And finally check an item or two off your to-do list.

    La Leche League of Savannah has a new home

    Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    Having trouble breastfeeding?
    Find out more about breastfeeding by attending a meeting of la-leche-logo.gifLa Leche League of Savannah on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm. The next meeting is Jan. 6.
    Meetings are now being held @ The Family Health and Birth Center, 1692 Chatham Parkway, Savannah.
    La Leche League of Savannah is a breastfeeding support group for new and expectant mothers. La Leche League Leaders of Savannah are also available by phone or email for anyone who needs more information.
    Call 912.897.9261 or click here

    The winner of the Just for Baby & More $50 gift card giveaway is…

    Thursday, December 18th, 2008

    Erin Spielberger!

    Congratulations, Erin. She wins a $50 gift card from our sponsor

    just-for-baby-cropped-better.jpgJust for Baby & More.

    Thanks to everyone who participated. You were all correct, Just for Baby & More carries Twilight Turtle and Twilight Ladybug, night light/educational toys that transform nurseries into a starry night sky to comfort and calm children.

    Look for a different giveaway from a different business to be announced here Monday.